Thanks to @lewisbailliee who sent in some cool portrait pics from the Val di Sole World Cup we’ve put together this little gallery for your viewing pleasure! Continue reading “Pick of the Pics – Val Di Sole – Nerves”
The Valley of the Sun delivered some exceptional racing, with 4 new winners across each category! Continue reading “Val di Sole – Finals”
The Black Snake in the Valley of the Sun is hissing – if you don’t treat it with respect it’s going to bite!
After a short break we are back into the world cups! We land in Italy for round 6 and while the pasta & gelati is great (in-fact some of the best pasta/media room food we have ever had has been in Val di Sole….) we are here for the racing!
There will be no more world cups until 2016! Seems crazy to write that because it feels like only last week we were racing the first round but it is the truth. Fortunately there is still the world championships to come but before we get ahead of ourselves, Val di Sole (VDS) and what a race it was for the finale. The overall competition for the juniors and the women had already been determined but the men’s competition was still Greg Minnaars to win and Aaron Gwins to lose! Of course there were so many other plots as well, could Loic Bruni snag his first world cup win? Could Troy Brosnan grab the win after crashing in Windham the race prior? Would we yet again see another fresh out of the juniors field rider grab their first elite podium?
Racing saw an Italian junior, Loris Revelli, step up to the plate and take away the coveted gold medal much to the delight of the home crowd! Andrew Crimmins was the highest placed Aussie in fourth place,he took home second overall a fantastic result!
1st. Loris Revelli
2nd. Jacob Dickson
3rd. Laurie Greenland
In the elite women it was the same story as it has been most of the season, Rachel Atherton took the win! Myriam Nicole showed that she can handle the technical tracks, a good sign before world championships. Third went to current world champion Manon Carpenter.
1st. Rachel Atherton
2nd. Myriam Nicole
3rd. Manon Carpenter
In the elite men all the attention was on the last few riders as they were the ones who had more to gain than just the race victory! Brook MacDonald was in the hot seat when Greg Minnaar started his run, it wasn’t long before he made an uncharacteristic mistake and sampled the Italian dirt, in the process he awarded the 2015 series to Aaron Gwin. Next up was Lolo aka Loic Bruni the young French man rode well displacing Brook MacDonald from the top spot. Next on course was Aaron Gwin, he rode a smart race and ended up just ahead of Loic’s time. This left fastest qualifier Troy Brosnan on track, he was fastest at split one but a crash/bobble/incident meant he broke his finger but still managed to charge home for third place.
1st. Aaron Gwin
2nd. Loic Bruni
3rd. Troy Brosnan
That wraps up the 2015 UCI downhill world cup series, what a great year it has A�been. Of course join us in Andorra for the world championships in a few weeks time.
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